The next 100 years: Extension marks centennial, innovates for the future

May 2, 2014

A century ago, the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established the cooperative extension system, with federal, state and county governments partnering with land-grant institutions, such as Penn State, to translate and share scientific information with those who could put that knowledge to work on farms and in communities across the country. As the extension system marks its centennial, the organization is adapting and innovating in the face of such challenges as rising global food demand and hunger, natural and fiscal resource scarcity, and environmental risk.